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May to meet with Macron and Merkel

Theresa May will hold emergency Brexit talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron today.

The UK is currently scheduled to leave the EU on April 12, but May has submitted a request to extend Article 50 until June 30.

May will attempt to persuade Merkel and Macron to back her proposal before meeting with the rest of the EU states tomorrow.

The EU would rather offer a "flextension" to Article 50 until March next year, but May favours a shorter extension.

Meanwhile, talks between the Conservative and Labour party will continue today with both Philip Hammond and John McDonnell joining in to "broaden the talks".

The talks seemed to have reached an impasse on Friday, with Sir Keir Starmer calling on the government to reopen talks, claiming it had "not changed its position".

Yvette Cooper's bill that aimed to force the government to request an extension to Article 50 received Royal Assent last night.

A bill will now be brought in front of the Commons to approve May's request to the EU.

All 27 members of the European Council need to approve the UK's request to extend Article 50, so if anyone chooses to oppose the move the UK could either be forced to change its demands or leave with no deal.


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William Winter
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@theparlreview
April 09 2019

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